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COVID-19 Fears Grow For Isolated Indigenous People In Brazil’s Amazon

COVID-19 Fears Grow For Isolated Indigenous People In Brazil’s Amazon

Dozens of indigenous people in the Brazilian Amazon’s Javari Valley – an area the size of Switzerland and Denmark combined – have contracted COVID-19, with experts and officials warning the disease poses a huge threat to their lives and culture. The valley in the west of Brazil’s Amazonas state is part of a region bordering […]

COVID-19 – Airports 90% Ready For Reopening, Says FG

COVID-19 – Airports 90% Ready For Reopening, Says FG

The federal government on Saturday hinted that airports in the country were about 90% ready to restart operation, going by measures already in place. Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, disclosed this during flight simulations organised to test the preparedness of the airports. The airports had been closed in March as part of measures to […]

Pope Says Coronavirus Should Spark New Environmental Awareness

Pope Says Coronavirus Should Spark New Environmental Awareness

The drastic reduction in pollution during coronavirus lockdowns around the world should lead to greater concern for the environment as restrictions are lifted, Pope Francis said on Sunday. At his Sunday address in St. Peter’s Square, Francis said the pandemic made many people reflect on their relationship with the environment. The square reopened to the […]

Red Cross Fears Coronavirus Spreading Silently In Somalia’s Displaced Camps

Red Cross Fears Coronavirus Spreading Silently In Somalia’s Displaced Camps

The new coronavirus could be spreading undetected through camps across Somalia hosting some 2.6 million displaced people, the Red Cross warned on Tuesday, as floods and conflict swelled the numbers fleeing into overcrowded settlements. Almost 500,000 people have been forced from their homes by recent floods in central Somalia, the United Nations said, putting further pressure […]

Child Labour, Marriages On Rise In Yemen As COVID Spreads-UN agency

Child Labour, Marriages On Rise In Yemen As COVID Spreads-UN agency

The U.N. refugee agency said on Tuesday its work in Yemen was near a “potential breaking point” as coronavirus spreads in the war-damaged country, with rising numbers of families resorting to begging, child labour and marrying of children. Around 80 percent of Yemen’s malnourished population relies on humanitarian assistance, making it the world’s biggest humanitarian […]

Why More Must Be Done To Fight Bogus COVID-19 Cure Claims

Why More Must Be Done To Fight Bogus COVID-19 Cure Claims

Fake and bogus cure claims are a longstanding, but neglected public health problem. Throughout recorded history, plagues have inspired anxiety and desperation. Time and again, this public nervousness has proved a fertile ground for false cures and claimants to thrive. In this sense, recent claims of COVID-19 cures and antidotes are no exception. During the Spanish […]

Over 1400 GBV, Domestic Abuse Cases Opened In Gauteng During Level 5 Lockdown

Over 1400 GBV, Domestic Abuse Cases Opened In Gauteng During Level 5 Lockdown

Gauteng police have opened 1 426 cases linked to gender-based violence (GBV) and domestic abuse since Level 5 lockdown was implemented. The majority of cases were reported in the Johannesburg police area, followed by Tshwane, Sedibeng, the West Rand and Ekurhuleni. Johannesburg police stations registered 295 cases of GBV and domestic violence, Tshwane 365, Sedibeng […]

Advocating For Women, Youth and Persons With Disabilities During COVID

Advocating For Women, Youth and Persons With Disabilities During COVID

The Department of Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities is continuing to advocate for the sector to have access to economic opportunities during the nationwide lockdown. “We have been working closely with the legal workstreams looking at the regulations in relation to women, persons with disability and youth. We have had to work closely with […]

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